A military flypast set off from RAF Coningsby this morning to fly above Colonel Tom Moore’s home in Bedfordshire to mark his 100th birthday.
A spitfire and hurricane made the 68-mile trip to fly in a special formation and perform three loops of the fundraising hero’s home.
The Ministry of Defence said the flypast would ‘celebrate Captain Tom’s birthday and mark his amazing fundraising achievement’.
It urged people ‘to follow Captain Tom’s disciplined example and not gather to watch the flypast but continue following guidelines on social distancing’.
Colonel Tom has raised almost £30 million for NHS charities by walking laps of his garden. The granddad-of-four, from Yorkshire, initially wanted to raise £1,000 by walking 100 laps before he turned 100 today.
The inspirational war veteran has been appointed as an honorary colonel of the Army Foundation College in Harrogate to mark his birthday. Chief of the General Staff General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith made the appointment, which has been approved by the Queen, in order to inspire the next generation of soldiers.
In a message to supporters, Colonel Tom said: ‘Reaching 100 is quite something. Reaching 100 with such interest in me and huge generosity from the public is very overwhelming.
‘People keep saying what I have done is remarkable, however it’s actually what you have done for me which is remarkable.
‘I felt a little frustrated and disappointed after I broke my hip and it knocked my confidence. However, the past three weeks have put a spring back in my step. I have renewed purpose and have thoroughly enjoyed every second of this exciting adventure, but I can’t keep walking forever.
‘The donations page will close at midnight this evening. NHS Charities Together still have their urgent appeal, so people can donate to them that way.
‘I am going to spend my birthday with my family, both here in person and with my daughter remotely, and then I am going to have a few days’ rest. My legs may be tired, but my mind is racing and I’m hoping to be back very soon with other ways in which I can help people, help others.
‘Please always remember, ‘Tomorrow Will Be A Good Day’. With my sincerest gratitude, Captain Tom Moore.’
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